Date: 30th April 2010 at 7:57am
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Michael Gordon came and went in a flash paid off and proving Chris Sutton is a hard man to please winger wise. From Non League to a non entity all in the space of 349 minutes, what a hard game football can be if you are in a struggling team.

So why did so many hold a torch for flash? Was it the promise of a nickname, the promise of pace and trickery or were we and he clutching at straws and playing with fire?

Was it because he was Sutton`s first permanent signing (non league players can be signed by League clubs outside the transfer windows) plucked from Merstham FC on a hot tip from Pearce`s Fulham mates? He looked an exciting prospect, signing on 11th November after a two week trial, an infectious explosive wide boy with seven goals in 16 appearances already this season.

The question of course was always going to be attitude over aptitude with this lad. He clearly had the talent yet was suggesting he had rediscovered his love for a game that had seen him slip from Arsenal to Wimbledon to Swindon to non league demise. How these gifts are squandered, but who are we, who kneel at the alter each Saturday, to reason why

Ok so he did not set the world alight off the pitch but perhaps he proffered promise, pace, width and light in the dead of dark 125th anniversary nights upon it. Heartbreaking that Torres had limped back to Peterborough and that our 5-man midfield phalanx was now proving that defence was the best form of well defence. The promise of 4-42 as aginst a lonely one up front can warm the souls of fans forced to feast on the merest glimmers of hope. Michael was a talisman at a troubled time, no more and no less and was gone in a flash.

We thank Michael for his contribution but in the cold light of day he proves our fascination for wingers can perhaps get the better of us. In his five appearances for the club we never won a game. On his debut against Cheltenham we got a disappointing draw against relegation rivals. This was the game that saw Torres taken from us with Gordon delivering the assist for Jamie Clarke to equalise. Next up was the 0-0 against the cods that again saw him in reality shine like a sixpence up a chimney sweeps backside.

We then lost at Rotherham and subsequently at the Bank against Port Vale as he was substituted in the 69th minute. Michael would not be fired even in anger until the 75th minute on 13th April away at Notts County. It proves that when you are in you are in but when you are out you are out with Chris Sutton.

31 Michael Gordon
Appearances 5 L2- 4 (+1) FAC-0
Goals L2- 0 FAC-0
Assists 1
Yellows 0
Shots on 0 Shots off 1
Fouls -1 Fouled – 4
Minutes on Pitch 355

31 – Michael Gordon

D.O.B. 10/11/84
Birthplace Wandsworth
Height 5′ 6′
Weight 11 st
Position Right Wing
Signed 11 November 2009
Fee free
Former Clubs Arsenal, Wimbledon, Swindon, Havant & Waterlooville, Aldershot Town, Crawley Town, Sutton United, AFC Wimbledon,Harrow Borough, Hemel Hempstead Town and Northwood.
International England U15

Career stats
2002-2004 Wimbledon 19 (0)
2004 Swindon Town 00 (0)
2004-2005 Havant & Waterlooville 20 (0)
2005 Aldershot Town 01 (0)
2005 Crawley Town 00 (0)
2005-2006 Sutton United 16 (1)
2006-2007 AFC Wimbledon 00 (0)
2007 Harrow Borough N/A
2007-2008 Hemel Hempstead Town N/A
2008 Northwood N/A
2009 – date Merstham FC 16 (7)